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The Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land, 1098–1187

The Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land, 1098–1187

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  • Date Published: December 1995
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2006
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521453837


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  • This book examines the art and architecture produced for the Crusaders in Syria-Palestine during the first century of their quest to recapture Jerusalem. Commissioned by kings and queens, patriarchs and bishops, knights and merchants who came as pilgrims or settlers to the Holy Land, it is an art of manuscript illumination, fresco painting, mosaics, stone sculpture, metalwork, ivory carving, coins and seals by artists trained in the Latin West, and the Byzantine and Islamic East. Combining the stylistic and iconographic traditions of these regions, Crusader art defies easy categorisation: indeed, it is a unique phenomenon within the spectrum of medieval art. Based on years of research, The Art of the Crusades in the Holy Land, the first volume in a two-part survey, is the first comprehensive study of all the arts, which are considered together within their historical context. Charting stylistic evolution, this study also identifies the main phases of artistic development from its origins, through its flourishing era during the reigns of Queen Melisende (1131-1161) and King Amaury (1163-1174) to the final achievements before 1187.

    • First comprehensive study in English of Crusader art
    • Includes nine newly prepared maps, nine plans and figures, and a full gazetteer of Crusader sites; there is a full bibliography and there are three indices
    • Illustrated programme - 700 black and white photographs, 32 colour plates
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    • Winner of the Haskins Medal

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    'This is a landmark book in the scholarship of medieval art history … It is a production of great erudition.' Robin Cormack, Burlington Magazine

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    • Date Published: December 1995
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521453837
    • length: 704 pages
    • dimensions: 285 x 222 x 47 mm
    • weight: 2.655kg
    • contains: 700 b/w illus. 32 colour illus. 9 maps
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2006
  • Table of Contents

    1. Reflections on the historiography of 'Crusader Art'
    Part I. The Origins and Early Years:
    2. The first Crusaders and their artistic context:
    3. The beginnings of Crusader art:
    4. Crusader art in the reign of King Baldwin I of Jerusalem:
    5. Crusader art in the reign of King Baldwin II of Jerusalem:
    Part II. The Era of Queen Melisende of Jerusalem:
    6. Crusader art in the reign of King Fulk and Queen Melisende of Jerusalem:
    7. Crusader art in the reign of Queen Melisende and King Baldwin III:
    1143-1163: The church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
    8. Crusader art in the reign of Queen Melisende and King Baldwin III:
    1143-1163: Jerusalem and the Latin Kingdom: A. 1143-1152
    B. 1152-1163
    Part III. Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem to 1187:
    9. Crusader art in the reign of King Amaury I of Jerusalem:
    10. Crusader art in the reigns of King Baldwin IV and King Baldwin V to the fall of Jerusalem:

  • Author

    Jaroslav Folda, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


    • Winner of the Haskins Medal

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